Think you can devour an entire pound of calamari?
Why blow money on a vacation when you can just drive along the California coast to a cafe on a private beach in Malibu? Though many restaurants in the 90265 claim to be beachfront, Paradise Cove Beach Cafe is the only restaurant in the area where you can enjoy a meal with your toes in the sand.
Dating back to the late ’50s, the seaside restaurant has been a special retreat for locals and visitors alike looking to soak up some rays and spend some time away from city life. Whether you intend to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner with a view – or just came for the private beach access – this family-run eatery is definitely the place to do it!
You can expect to see a number of classic American dishes like Cinnamon French Toast, Bacon Avocado Burgers, Kobe Beef BBQ Ribs, and Hot Fudge Sundaes on the menu; but those heading to the cafe to get their seafood are in for a special treat.
Paradise Cove has everything from seafood platters to fresh crab and Maine lobsters from the tank, and are well known for serving a hefty pound of crispy calamari (just be sure to keep it away from the seagulls!) You can even choose from family-style servings of paella and smokehouse BBQ, or book a Malibu Clam Bake filled with all the seafood your heart desires.
Paradise Cove’s fresh fruit cocktail list is part of the main reason people flock to this beach cafe! Fan favorites involve drinking specialty rum beverages out of actual fruit like coconuts, pineapples, and watermelons; and though you can’t actually take the drinks to the beach (because publically drinking on a beach is illegal), you can ask to sit outside on the outside terrace where you’ll still be able to enjoy your staycation beverage with your toes in the sand!
Once you’ve finished your meal, head over to the private chairs or double bed rentals to lounge while enjoying a perfect view of the waves crashing into the shore. The rentals are first-come, first-serve on-site, but if you want to plan ahead be sure to reserve your spot online beforehand. Guests are also welcome to walk along the pier or explore the beach’s very own cove!
Featured photo: @tstoff
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